A final contribution from the recently held Conversation 2010…..The leader creates the environment where the whole organization can foster these openings and transformation, helping people re-perceive their operating environment, their institution, and the world. We must re-perceive the environment and make sense of it. As leaders, we draw vision from the environment. If the leader goes “external” in an open, honest, and connected way, then she is more likely to connect with the inspiration, openings, and opportunities to see and connect big ideas and to interpret the relevance of her organization in that light.
If going external gets interpreted as simply taking the organization’s internal agenda and “talking points” beyond the organization’s walls, then the openings and opportunities will be masked. The qualities of great leaders are love, curiosity, and humility. In an increasingly complex world, the formative context of growing new leaders begins with a continuing liberal arts education and requires ongoing learning about whole systems and collective creativity.